A Simple Running Log

July 8, 2014

Training for 7/8/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:53 pm

Man, I have turned into a lazy blob over the last couple of days! I never did my strength training or a short run yesterday, and I have yet to leave the house to run today. It’s just so damn hot and humid again! Those two nice days over the weekend ruined me for hot weather running all over. Sigh.

Anyway, I need to get my stuff together, because yesterday our Hood to Coast team captain randomly assigned runner positions to the 12 of us, and I pulled No. 9, which has the three legs with the second-highest total mileage (19.6 miles) and the second-highest overall difficulty rating.

Of course, as soon as I knew my number, I started Googling Hood to Coast race reports written in past years by other No. 9 runners, to get an idea of what I’m dealing with here.

This is what I’ve gathered:

Leg 9 (first of three) — 6.9 miles over relatively flat terrain, mostly on a trail. Moderate difficulty.

leg 1


Other runners described it as “boring,” with a distinct lack of traction on the roughly 2-mile gravel portion. The rest is paved. There’s no access for the van, so you’re on your own.

Leg 21 (second of three) — 5 miles of flat, slightly downhill terrain on gravel backroads near a creek. Moderate difficulty.

leg 2


Though this is the shortest of the three legs, it’s been described as the worst one by the actual runners. That gravel backroad apparently kicks up a LOT of dust as team vans pass through on their way to the next exchange point. Just about every race report has mentioned using a bandana, until it gives the runner a claustrophobic feeling. The ones who’ve had to run this section at night (the team starts are staggered all day Friday, so who knows what time of day I’ll be running this leg) seemed to hate it the most. They said it felt like running in a fog machine in all that dust, with only your headlamp lighting the way, and no idea how much farther you have to go because GPS watches can’t pick up signal in the mountains. Fun!

Leg 33 (third of three) — 7.7 miles of rolling hills on narrow country roads. Hard difficulty.

leg 3

Most of the race reports I’ve found liked this leg the best, for the scenery mostly. Lots of farmland and wooded areas. Of course, they were probably just excited because it was the last leg.

Guess I better keep up those bridge repeats! And start putting in some miles again.


1 Comment »

  1. I think it’s exciting what you’re doing! Just think of the second leg as an adventure of its own, haha. Should definitely prove to be challenging! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear the RR on this one.

    Comment by kafishgirl — July 8, 2014 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

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